Craving quality sleep? Eat this, not that.

mature woman stretching and waking up from bed
mature woman stretching and waking up from bed

Do you ever lie awake at night, tossing and turning, without the faintest idea of why? 

Stress and anxiety are well-known sleep disrupters, but did you know the food you eat can increase the stress hormones in your body and mind? 

Foods can significantly influence your sleep quality due to their nutritional content and how they affect your body’s hormones and neurotransmitters. Some foods can promote relaxation and help you fall asleep more easily, while others can disrupt sleep patterns. 

Let’s take a closer look at some foods that are known to increase your chances of a good night’s sleep. 

8 Foods that help you sleep

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Stock up on these eight types of food—most of which are both healthy and delicious—and incorporate them into your meal schedule if you’re looking to improve your sleep

1. Almonds and walnuts: These nuts contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, and magnesium, which may improve sleep quality by reducing inflammation and stress levels.

2. Turkey and chicken: High in tryptophan, an amino acid that increases the production of serotonin, which is your body’s natural “feel-good” chemical that helps regulate mood, anxiety, and happiness. The tryptophan is then converted to melatonin in the brain. Tryptophan is the reason you feel so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. 

3. Cherries and cherry juice: Another one of the few natural food sources of melatonin, which can help regulate sleep cycles.

4. Fatty fish (salmon, trout, mackerel): Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which have been shown to increase serotonin production, supporting a healthy sleep cycle.

5. Milk and dairy products: Many of these foods contain tryptophan and calcium. Calcium helps the brain use the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin.

6. Kiwi: High in antioxidants and serotonin, which may help improve sleep onset, duration, and quality. Plus, they’re delicious and make a great healthy dessert. 

7. Bananas: Provide magnesium and potassium, which help relax muscles and nerves, and contain tryptophan.

8. Oats: A source of melatonin and complex carbohydrates, which can help more tryptophan get into the brain.

Do you notice anything in common among these foods? Tryptophan and melatonin are your best friends when you’re trying to fall asleep.

5 Foods that may disrupt sleep

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On the other hand, the food you eat can also affect your ability to fall and stay asleep. Here are five foods you should avoid. 

1. Caffeinated foods and beverages (coffee, tea, chocolate): No surprise here—caffeine can block sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increase adrenaline production. Your body needs roughly 10-12 hours to rid itself of the effects of caffeine fully, so plan accordingly. 

2. Spicy foods: These can cause heartburn or indigestion, making it harder to fall asleep. There are few things worse than a poor night’s sleep on top of stomach pain and indigestion.

3. High-fat and fried foods: Digesting these can be hard on the body and take longer to digest, potentially leading to discomfort and disrupted sleep.

4. High-sugar foods and heavy meals: Eating big or sugary meals too close to bedtime can lead to spikes in blood sugar, potentially causing wakefulness at night.

5. Alcohol: While it may help you fall asleep faster, alcohol reduces REM sleep, which is considered the most restorative phase of sleep. In other words, you’ll get a lot less value out of your sleep with alcohol in your system. 

Unfortunately, there’s yet another way food can disturb your sleep!

When is mealtime?

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The timing of your meal can also affect your sleep.

It’s not just the types of foods you eat that can negatively affect your sleep quality and overall health—the timing of when you eat can also be a factor. 

If you’re looking for better sleep, here are two eating habits you should avoid:

1. Eating late at night

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Eating late at night can shift your internal clock and disrupt the natural circadian rhythm (your internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle every 24 hours), making it harder to fall asleep at your usual time.

One reason is that late-night eating can affect the release of hormones like insulin and cortisol, which can influence one’s sleep-wake cycle. 

Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can lead to increased urination during the night, disrupting sleep. Conversely, low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can cause wakefulness or nightmares, also disrupting sleep.

Cortisol is your body’s main stress hormone; increasing these levels before bedtime can increase stress. 

Additionally, eating close to bedtime can lead to discomfort and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as lying down soon after eating can cause stomach acid to move up into the esophagus. GERD is a more severe form of heartburn.

2. Eating large meals before bed

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Large or supersized meals can overload your digestive system, making it hard for you to fall asleep or causing you to wake up during the night.

And, of course, if those foods are heavy or rich, they may cause bloating, gas, and discomfort, disrupting your sleep.

Set yourself up for optimal sleep

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There are a few things you can do via your nutrition to increase your chances for a good night’s sleep. 

First, aim to have your dinner at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Allowing space between your meal and bedtime gives enough time for digestion to occur and helps avoid discomfort or indigestion.

If you get a little hungry after dinner, opt for a light snack that won’t spike your blood sugar or cause digestion issues. Foods containing tryptophan, magnesium, or calcium (see the list above!) can promote sleep.

Eating your meals and snacks at consistent times every day can help regulate your body’s internal clock, improving your sleep cycle and overall health.

These actions all have one thing in common—they aim to reduce the stress inside your body. 

And there’s another thing you can do to help reduce stress…

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With a sophisticated blend of Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, and Maitake, Dynamic Mushrooms is your new secret weapon for taking control of your sleep.* 

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Savor a Healthier Holiday with 3 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving food
Thanksgiving food

Thanksgiving is a time for indulgence, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make choices that are both delicious and health-conscious. This year, we’re shaking things up a bit with some recipe alternatives that not only taste fantastic but also cater to a healthier lifestyle.

For our main course, we’re opting for an Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast instead of the traditional whole turkey. The turkey breast is a lean cut of meat, high in protein and low in fat. By focusing on this portion, we’re avoiding the higher-fat dark meat found in the legs and thighs. Plus, roasting just the breast is quicker and easier than cooking a whole turkey, making it a less stressful option for the holiday cook.

We’re utilizing the air fryer for our Rosemary Sweet Potatoes recipe. Air fryers have become a popular kitchen appliance due to their ability to achieve the same crispy, fried texture of traditional frying methods but with significantly less oil. This results in dishes that are lower in fat and calories but still packed with flavor. Our air-fried sweet potatoes, for instance, are delightfully crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, all achieved with just a fraction of the oil you’d typically use.

Finally, we’re using cauliflower as a stand-in for rice and potatoes in our Cauliflower Rice Stuffing. Cauliflower is a versatile, low-carb vegetable that can mimic the texture and mild flavor of these starchy foods when prepared correctly. It’s a great way to add more vegetables to your plate without feeling like you’re missing out on your favorite side dishes. Plus, cauliflower is rich in fiber and various essential vitamins, making it a nutritionally-dense addition to any meal. By making these simple swaps and using these cooking methods, we can enjoy a Thanksgiving feast that satisfies our taste buds while also keeping our health in mind.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

turkey breast recipe


– 1 bone-in turkey breast (6-7 pounds)

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.

2. Rub the turkey breast with olive oil, then sprinkle with the chopped herbs, salt, and pepper.

3. Place the turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan, skin side up.

4. Roast for about 2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165°F.

5. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving.


Makes 8 ounces | Per Serving: 304 calories, 1.6g fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar, 0g fiber, 68g protein

Source: Food Network

Air Fryer Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

air fryer rosemary sweet potatoes recipe


– 4 sweet potatoes

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.

2. Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes and toss them with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

3. Cook in the air fryer for about 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the potatoes are crispy.


Makes 8 servings | Per Serving: 84 calories, 4g fat, 12g carbohydrates, 4g sugar, 2g fiber, 1g protein

Source: Delish

Cauliflower Rice Stuffing

cauliflower rice stuffing recipe


– 1 large head of cauliflower

– 1 cup diced carrots

– 1 cup diced celery

– 1 onion, diced

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until it resembles rice

2. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and sauté until softened.

3. Add the cauliflower rice and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Put the cauliflower rice into a baking dish and bake  for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown.


Makes 8 servings | Per Serving: 145 calories, 8g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 7.6g sugar, 7.6g fiber, 4.9g protein

Source: Eating Well

Boost Your Holiday Wellness with Essential Probiotics

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Now, here’s the big question…

How do you savor your holiday feasts without worry?

As the holiday season approaches, taking care of your well-being becomes a top priority.

A crucial supplement to consider amid the festivities is probiotics, like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics. These little wonders offer a wide range of benefits, especially when it comes to your digestive and immune health.*

Probiotics are the friendly gut bacteria that play a significant role in supporting optimal digestive health and nutrient absorption. * Various factors can upset your gut microbiome, including poor dietary choices, travel, and even indulging in a bit too much holiday cheer. By incorporating Dynamic Biotics into your daily routine, you’re supporting healthy microflora within your gut. This, in turn, helps support digestive comfort, especially during the holiday season due to over-indulgence.*  But that’s not all – probiotics have also demonstrated their ability to support your immune function.* So, as you prepare for the festivities and gatherings, don’t forget to take Dynamic Biotics. It might just be the secret ingredient to ensure you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

You Won’t Miss the Bun – 3 Delicious Lettuce Wrap Recipes

Delicious Lettuce Wrap

Are you looking for delicious and nutritious meal ideas that won’t weigh you down?

Lettuce wraps are a delightful and healthy alternative to traditional bread-based sandwiches. Not only do they provide a refreshing crunch, but they also offer a low-carb and gluten-free option for those looking to watch their carb intake. Lettuce wraps provide a versatile and nutritious twist to your favorite handheld meals.

Anything you can make with a bun, you can recreate using a crisp lettuce wrap. When it comes to wrapping, opt for large, flexible lettuce leaves like iceberg, romaine, or butter lettuce. To assemble, lay out the lettuce leaf and pile on your desired fillings.

Wrap a juicy beef patty with cheese, tomatoes, and onions for a delectable burger alternative.

Craving a savory taco? Fill your lettuce wrap with seasoned ground meat, salsa, and avocado.

Love sushi? Swap the seaweed for lettuce and roll up fresh fish, rice, and veggies.

The options are endless!

Get creative and enjoy a delightful twist on your favorite flavors. And to help you get started on the lettuce wrap revolution, we’ve included three low-cal, low-carb recipes below.

Thai-Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe - Stonehenge Health


• 1 pound cubed chicken

• 2 tablespoons soy sauce

• 1 tablespoon sesame oil

• 2 teaspoons lime juice

• 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup

• 1 teaspoon grated ginger

• 1 clove garlic, minced

• 1 cup shredded carrots

• ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

• 8 large lettuce leaves (iceberg, butter, or romaine)


1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, honey, grated ginger, and minced garlic. Whisk until well combined.

2. Place the chicken cubes in a skillet over medium heat, and cook for 4 minutes.

3. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and stir-fry for 3 minutes, until the chicken is heated through and well-coated with the sauce.

3. Remove the chicken from the heat and let it cool slightly.

4. To assemble the wraps, place a spoonful of chicken in the center of each lettuce leaf.

5. Top with shredded carrots and cilantro leaves.

6. Roll the lettuce leaves tightly, securing the fillings inside.

7. Serve immediately and enjoy these refreshing and flavorful Thai-inspired lettuce wraps.


Makes 8 wraps | Per Serving: 114 calories, 3.4g fat, 3.1g carbohydrates, 1.9g sugar, .4g fiber, 16.9g protein

Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Diced Tomatoes

Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Diced Tomatoes Recipe - Stonehenge Health


• 1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and deveined

• 2 tablespoons of olive oil

• 1 teaspoon of paprika

• 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

• Salt and pepper, to taste

• 8 large lettuce leaves (iceberg, butter, or romaine)

• 1 cup of diced tomatoes

• 1 cup diced onion

• ¼ cup of chopped fresh cilantro

• 2 tablespoons of lime juice

• Lime slices for garnish

• Optional toppings: sliced avocado, diced red onion, hot sauce


1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

2. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.

3. Place the seasoned shrimp on a preheated grill pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and are cooked through. Remove from the pan.

4. Assemble the lettuce wraps by laying the lettuce leaves on a plate or serving platter.

5. In a separate bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, onions, fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Mix well to combine.

6. Take a lettuce leaf and spoon a portion of the diced tomato mixture onto it.

7. Top with a few grilled shrimp.

8. Optional: Add sliced avocado, diced red onion, or a drizzle of hot sauce for extra flavor and texture.

9. Repeat the process with the remaining lettuce leaves and ingredients.

10. Serve the grilled shrimp lettuce wraps immediately and enjoy this refreshing and light dish.

Tip: Feel free to adjust the seasonings and toppings according to your taste preferences. These lettuce wraps make for a delicious appetizer or a light and healthy meal option.


Makes 8 wraps | Per Serving: 84 calories, 3.6g fat, 2.8g carbohydrates, .9g sugar, .5g fiber, 11g protein

Delicious Tumeric-Spiced Lettuce Wraps

Tumeric Spiced Lettuce Wrap Recipe - Stonehenge Health


• 1 pound ground turkey (or any protein of your choice)

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 small onion, diced

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

• 1/4 teaspoon paprika

• Salt and pepper, to taste

• 1/2 cup diced tomatoes

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

• Juice of 1/2 lime

• Lettuce leaves (such as Bibb or Romaine)

• Optional toppings: sliced avocado, shredded carrots, sliced cucumber


1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.

2. Add the ground turkey to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon. Cook until the turkey is browned and cooked through.

3. Stir in the turmeric powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 1-2 minutes to allow the spices to release their flavors.

4. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes are heated through.

5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the fresh cilantro and lime juice.

6. Spoon the turmeric-spiced turkey mixture onto lettuce leaves, creating lettuce wraps.

7. Top with your desired optional toppings, such as sliced avocado, shredded carrots, and sliced mushrooms.

8. Serve immediately and enjoy the vibrant flavors of these turmeric-spiced lettuce wraps.

Note: Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other vegetables or sauces of your choice to the lettuce wraps. Get creative and make it your own!


Makes 8 wraps | Per Serving: 134 calories, 8.1g fat, 1.8g carbohydrates, .7g sugar, .5g fiber, 15.8g protein

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.